Monday, March 28, 2011

Court Errors

I recently received a copy of an Opinion and Judgment Entry from the Court of Common Pleas, Lucas County. Michael has been trying, without luck, to have errors in his record corrected. The Court says that his beef is with the Ohio Adult Parole Authority while they say, so I'm told, that his beef his with the Court. Nice Catch-22.

But, what's truly appalling is this. The opinion states that Michael was indicted on 27 August 1977. He wasn't even arrested until 11 September 1977 and he was indicted on 14 September. It says that he was convicted on 12 December 1977. His trial didn't begin until 19 December; he was convicted on the 21st. His co-defendant went to trial on the 12th. And, he was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole at 15 years, commonly referred to as 15 to life.

If this is the level of efficiency and reliability that comes out of the Court is it any wonder that innocent people are sitting in prison?

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